Does the designer or client provide the design contract/terms of work?

I’m a freelance designer and I have written up a design contract with my client to which he signed and agreed to.

However, a few days later, he sent over another contract, which is significantly different from the previous contract. In addition, it is written in legalese, which the average person cannot comprehend without significant effort.

Is it standard industry practice for the designer or client to provide the terms of service?


That sounds a little strange to me. If I have a plumber or an electrician give me an estimate for a job, I don’t provide them with a contract stating the work to be done and the terms on which I’m going to pay them. I assume that the professional is going to give me a contract detailing the work s/he is going to do. That’s why I hire a professional: I assume the pro knows what s/he is doing.

If you had not provided a contract and you were okay with what the client gave you, there’s no harm in signing it. But since you have already given the client a contract, which the client signed, there is no reason for this second contract, particularly if it’s incomprehensible and doubly so if the terms don’t match what you already agreed to.

I would go back to the client and say something like, “John, we already signed a contract and I’ve begun work according to the terms we agreed on. I’m a little confused about this second contract. It doesn’t match what we already agreed to. What’s your thinking here?”

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